Max Watt’s House Of Music in Brisbane is closing later in October.
The Brisbane location is one of three music venues under the Max Watt’s brand, the others being in Sydney and Melbourne. The final gig to be held is set to to take place on Sunday, 22nd October.
In a statement, venue management revealed they were unable to reach terms with their landlord and as a result they could no longer continue to invest in the venue, while also blaming the “higher costs” and “aggressive competition” in Brisbane’s market.
Max Watt’s Brisbane first opened in 2009. As with its sister venues, the location operated as The Hi-Fi for several years before going into administration, and then becoming Max Watt’s two and a half years ago.
The Dillinger Escape Plan will be the final band to play the venue, while all shows between now and October 22nd will go ahead has planned.
Venue management have said they’re working to move shows booked after that date to similar locations, and also confirmed that Max Watt’s in Sydney and Melbourne will continue to operate as normal.
Read Max Watt’s full statement, below.
Statement From Max Watt’s Brisbane
It is with great sadness that Max Watt’s has announced their decision to close the Brisbane venue following the Dillinger gig on October 22nd. Regretfully MW were unable to reach ongoing terms with the landlord making it unfeasible to continue to invest in the venue.
Booker, Jesse Barbera, has worked closely with promoters and agents of forward bookings and will continue to support all bookings and holds into other venues without any need to change dates.
All tickets will be honoured at the new venues and Oztix will advise ticket holders in this smooth process of change. We will ensure that any other ticketing agencies provide the same service to their ticket holders.
Although this has been a very difficult decision, MW has acted to strengthen the integrity and sound operations of the Melbourne and Sydney venues. Brisbane is a smaller market with aggressive competition and higher costs. Max Watt’s is redirecting focus to invest in the success of iconic Melbourne and progressive Sydney Max Watt’s venues.
We celebrate the fantastic times over the past few years and thank all staff, performers and patrons who have loved the Brisbane venue!